Hello my friends!
Growing up, I thought in order to be a missionary, you had to give up every single one of your belongings, move to a third-world country, have no access to running water, and basically risk your life in order to spread the Gospel to unreached people groups. And as these are true for admirable missionaries out there, I’ve learned that being a missionary is not limited to just these qualities.
You can see Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:18-20 when he says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” It has become very real to me that people can be “missionaries” and partake in missional work in many ways, shapes, and forms. It’s not so much where you go or what you do, but rather the mindset and the posture of your heart when approaching ministry and missional work. If your mindset is solely Jesus and spreading His love and His Gospel in whatever capacity that is pleasurable in His sight, I say you’re good to go.
With that being said, let me give you a brief summary about what I will be doing over the course of these next 2 years woohoo! I will be partaking in university outreach in East Asia, where I’ll be able to use my degree overseas! I came to GoCorps through the program, H.I.S. Years, offered through my university. H.I.S. Years stands for Hearing, Investing, and Serving and partners with the outside mobilizing organization, GoCorps. Through other outside sending organizations, GoCorps has over 100 different teams stationed around the world, and I will be joining one of these teams for my term. I will be pursuing the "Making Disciples on University Campuses" placement located in East Asia. Through this placement, I will be partaking in campus ministry and building relationships with college students, compassion ministry, and maybe even some medical training. I will also be studying Mandarin 20-25 hours a week in order to engage in Chinese culture and conversation with locals.
Coming back from a week long training retreat in Minnesota, I've now entered into a season of support raising! It's only day 4, and the exhaustion of discouragement is honestly hitting me so hard. I'm an emotionally sensitive person so support raising isn't necessarily my cup of tea. In fact, I'm not sure it's anyone's. BUT, even throughout these past few days, I've learned so much, and had many opportunites to talk to some really awesome people. As I move forward in this new season, I am overwhelmed with both fear and excitement. But through all of the fluctuating emotions, God's constant grace and mercy provides me with a steady supernatural joyful peace that ultimately propels me through this season.
Thank you for taking the time to read my very first blog! I will hopefully be updating this blog with monthly happenings and prayer requests throughout the duration of my ministry. Stay tuned!